the republic logo

Pope urges faithful to take 'heroic example' of slain Salvadoran bishop killed for his faith

bug
Share/Save/Bookmark

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis urged pilgrims filling St. Peter's Square on Pentecost Sunday to take "the heroic examples" of a slain El Salvadoran bishop and an Italian nun who worked in Kenya who were beatified this weekend.

Francis stressed that Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador was killed out of hatred of his faith, saying "he chose to be among his people, especially the poor and the oppressed, even at the price of his life." Romero was assassinated as he celebrated Mass in 1980.

PHOTO: Pope Francis, left, celebrates a mass of Pentecost in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Sunday, May 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis, left, celebrates a mass of Pentecost in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Sunday, May 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

The pope said Irene Sefani served the people of Kenya with "joy, mercy and tender passion."

Beatification is the first step toward sainthood.

Francis also expressed "extreme worry and pain" for the plight of thousands of migrants in southeast Asia facing "great suffering and danger."

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to info@ap.org and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.


We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)

Category:

Follow The Republic:

All content copyright ©2015 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.